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Ripley, Sweetwater Elementary Schools Win National Title I Distinguished School Awards

Ripley Elementary School in the Ripley School District and Sweetwater Elementary School in the Sweetwater School District have been named this year’s National Title I Distinguished School Award winners.

The National Title I Distinguished Schools Program is a project of the National Title I Association that publicly recognizes schools for their positive educational advances.

Budgeting for Success

I remember what it was like as a child preparing to ask my parents for a raise in my allowance. I was asking them to part with their hard-earned money, and I just knew I would get that lecture on spending wisely and the importance of saving. I spent a lot of time rehearsing the reasons why such a raise was necessary; then I screwed up my courage and hoped for the best.

State Superintendent Janet Barresi to Request $37.7 Million in Supplemental Appropriations

State Superintendent Janet Barresi will request $37.7 million in supplemental funding for this school year to the state Legislature next week to fund the flexible health benefits allowance for education employees, and reforms such as the Reading Sufficiency Act and Achieving Classroom Excellence remediation.

"This request comes on behalf of school superintendents," State Superintendent Janet Barresi. "If approved, can be used by schools this year to help pay for programs that help children learn to read and be fully prepared for end-of-instruction tests."

Important Offerings for State Educators

At the State Department of Education, we send frequent emails and e-newsletters to communicate important programs to educators throughout the state. I would like to reiterate a few of those offerings in my regular column.

AP Test Fee Assistance Offered to Oklahoma Public School Students

The State Department of Education is offering test fee assistance to Oklahoma public school students who wish to take AP exams.

There are two types of assistance. First, assistance to those in financial need.  Second, assistance to those who take multiple exams.

Youth Senate Delegates, Alternates Named

The Oklahoma State Department of Education recently announced two state delegates and two alternates to participate in the 51st Annual United States Senate Youth Program.

Selected as delegates are Johnathan Thomas Young of Vian High School in the Vian School District and Emma Jane Hutchison of Putnam City North High School in the Putnam City School District.

First Alternate is Daniel Lee Pae of Lawton High School in the Lawton School District. Second Alternate is Dylan Matthew Oney of Muskogee High School in the Muskogee School District.

Making Sure Students are Career Ready

Ever asked a kindergartener what they want to be when they grow up?

I love that game. I hear responses such as firefighters, doctors, mommies, teachers; you name it. One little girl told me she wanted to be a doctor, the president and a jeweler; she just wasn’t sure she’d have time to be all three.

The goal of education is to produce young people who are fully prepared for the workforce that awaits them outside of high school or college and to help them become fully engaged, productive citizens.

State Dept. of Education Announces New Communications Director

OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 10, 2013) – Sherry Fair has been hired as Communications Director at the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

Fair worked for nearly a decade in education as the Communications Director at Oklahoma City Public Schools and as the MAPS for Kids Campaign Manager.

Preparing for Graduation

Now that we’ve started the New Year, high school seniors and their parents should turn their full attention toward making sure they are prepared for life beyond high school.

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